If this has been posted before i apologize in advance
Found a post by john Burroughs on Fb,ill post it here in its entirety(do it dosent get lost by 404)
Consideration #16: Gibbs rule # 11 When the jobs done walk away
In 1980, I was twenty-something, fresh out of basic training on my first duty assignment at RAF Bentwaters. At the end of that year I had a truly
phenomenal experience as part of the Bentwaters/Woodbridge/Rendlesham Forest incident. It was inexplicable to me then and while I know a lot more
about a lot of things now than I did then, that experience is as inexplicable to me now as it was then.
I was never into the whole flying saucer thing before hand. In the last decade have become part of the overall UFO/UAP community -- if you can
call it a community. And I am no closer to a firm understanding of that, either. Here then are my closing thoughts at this point, having been an
'experiencer', career USAF security guy with a high level of security clearance, witness to some advanced technology related to defense - some of
which I cannot tell you about because of the clearances I received and still honor, an investigator into my own case, a researcher into a wide range
of related fields, a speaker and finally a media interviewee and media host, interviewing an equally wide range of personalities.
Specifically, I do not have a complete and firm understanding of the events in the forest all those years ago. I don't know if I ever will. I know
enough to know that the disclosure/confirmation road show is not the path to that understanding.
If you asked me and I was candid with you I'd say that there was a lot of very exotic EW and ECM and radar technologies at play in East Anglia at
the time - 'ours' - which account for the incidents, by attracting something even more advanced - 'theirs'.
But don't quote me.
As a friend of mine likes to put it, 'all certainty in this field is provisional.' Meaning that taking into account all I know, I have my belief
as to what went on, but the additional information I don't have could easily change my belief. And if 'they' have command of exotic technology that
allows them to manipulate reality and space-time, I don't even know who 'they' are.
It's time to move on, armed with what I know, or think I know, and get on with the remaining years of what has been an interesting life.
It's hard to tell if a truly definitive account of what happened in Rendlesham can or will ever be assembled. Certainly there was a significant
interest in the events by elements of the US and UK defense and intelligence communities, far more than either have let on to the general public.
Certainly, tangled up in that are seriously legitimate classified projects and operations that need to remain classified for good reasons. Certainly
there are reports of 'high strangeness', such as the house that was there and then wasn't there, that fit firmly in Vallee/Davis's taxonomy of
'anti-physical' effects. That is, observed behavior that defies the standard model of physics as we know it. Certainly there are various accounts by
various researchers that are measured and solid. Certainly there are works that are largely inaccurate, put forward by 'witnesses' who were not as
involved as they claim to be. Certainly there are well-meaning but poorly thought out narratives that try to fit a handful of cherry-picked facts into
a presumed cause with varying degrees of success. Certainly there are bits of sensationalistic but shoddy journalism the serve only to confuse
understanding while selling newspapers or books. Certainly there is official documentation and media that strains itself trying to force a prosaic
explanation -- that somehow Jim Penniston and I could not tell the difference between a distant lighthouse and an inexplicable object right in front
of us in a clearing. And certainly there are outright hoaxes perpetrated for the fun of it that do nothing but add to the amount of information one
has to sift through to comprehend the case.
In short, it's a mess. A muddle. A quagmire.
But it certainly happened, and aspects were reported by a large number of people, many of whom were rational, trained military or other career
individuals. And certainly it was an expectedly unusual series of events. Unfortunately, between the inability to access all of the information still
hidden behind various levels of classification by a very few individuals or organizations 'in the know', and the very nature of the phenomenon calls
into question the nature of consciousness/reality taken as two sides of the same coin, it seems impossibly to discern what 'really' happened.
I suspect I've formed as solid a picture as anyone outside the perpetrators of the events as to what went on. And yet it is incomplete and, well,
provisional until I learn more.
The point being that enough of this is for me, enough. I am comfortable in what I think I know and there is a retirement to be enjoyed. My son is
close to graduating college and he is off to seek his career. There is no upside to pursuing an engigma that may be, in the end, unknowable.
Generally, recent trends in the 'UFO community' are equally disheartening. First of all, a cross section of attendees at any given conference
range from highly 'woo-woo', new age types with belief systems involving chakras, crystals and etheric beings whose beneficial messages can only be
received by 'channeling' - whatever that is - the information being transmitted, to studious researchers who produce highly documented books
discussing the reports of the phenomenon in clinical detail only to arrive at the conclusion that elements of the government are hiding something from
us. Well, of course they are. That's what governments do. Presuming you know enough to know what is being hidden is hubris defined.
In between are the civilians who attend the conference and listen uncritically to the presentations, or join MUFON and take down reports of lights
in the sky in tremendous detail only to arrive at the conclusion, in the most interesting of cases, that the investigator with his or her methods does
not know what it was. And so another report goes in the data base as unknown.
I did not realize it until I got involved in the last decade or two, but the Holy Grail of a number of relentless public figures in the UFO
community is 'Disclosure' with a capital D. That is what the TV series 'The Event' was all about. That is what the public hearings and presentations
at the National Press Club were all about. And that is never going to happen because, given the nature of our society and the legitimate national
security issues surrounding the technology under the well funded eye of various alphabet soup agencies which is on the blurry edge of unbelievable,
the can not be the Disclosure event so fervently demanded by UFO lobbyists.
Few people outside the closely guarded internal understanding of these kinds of things have the means, the devotion and the mind to get close to
the kind of understanding the phenomenon demands. Jacques Vallee is one of them. Robert Bigelow is another.
Bigelow came right out and said in a seminal interview with George Knapp years ago that 'disclosure' was not even the right goal. To move forward,
he said, all that is needed - indeed, all that was likely possible -